Program to check words can be found in matrix character board or not in Python

Suppose we have a matrix character board. Where each cell is holding a character. We also have a string called target, we have to check whether the target can be found in the matrix by going left-to-right, or up-to-down unidirectional way, or not.

So, if the input is like


Word = “tip”

then the output will be True, you can see the third column (top to bottom) is forming "tip".

To solve this, we will follow these steps −

  • for each i in board, do
    • i := make word from characters present in i
    • if word is present in i, then
      • return True
  • i := 0
  • while i < row count of board, do
    • j := make string from the characters of ith column in board
    • i := i + 1
    • if word is in j, then
      • return True
  • return False


Let us see the following implementation to get better understanding −

def solve(board, word):
   for i in board:
      i = "".join(i)
      if word in i:
         return True
   i = 0
   while i < len(board):
      j = "".join([col[i] for col in board])
      i += 1
      if word in j:
         return True

   return False

board = [["a","n","t","s"],["s","p","i","n"],["l","a","p","s"]]
word = "tip"
print(solve(board, word))